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Quick Chicken Piccata Recipe

Quick Chicken Piccata Recipe

Laced with lemon and simmered in white wine, this stovetop entree is super easy and elegant. Just add sides of bread and veggies to make it into a great meal. —Cynthia Heil, Augusta, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • 1. In a shallow bowl, mix flour, salt and pepper. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. Dip chicken in flour mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides. Add wine; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Drizzle with lemon juice. If desired, sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with about 1 tablespoon sauce: 265 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein.

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stitching1 User ID: 6350875 269598
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2017

"I made this yesterday and added the lemon juice with the white wine. Also per another reviewer used both butter & olive oil for browning the chicken. Husband who doesn't care for chicken said it had good flavor and suggested the next time to add some capers. I also did not pound the chicken breasts. Served it with baked potato and coleslaw. Will be making this again!"

rolorocko25 User ID: 8103226 260633
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"Followed the recipe other than adding fresh lemon juice with the wine instead at the end. And it was a huge hit! My 3 year old who does not and will not eat chicken ate a whole chicken breast last night and said it was good. I still feel in shock of him eating it so well. This is definitely a keeper!"

Rellierae User ID: 1272249 259831
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"We really enjoyed this. I used more wine, lemon juice and broth and thickened all with the flour mix left over from breading the chicken. I also added capers because my husband likes them and they did add something. I also used 2 T. butter and 2 T. olive oil."

cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 259371
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2017

"Wow, what a tasty and delicious recipe! I was amazed at how tender the chicken breast turned out, and infused with great flavor to boot! I did change it up a little. Like other reviewers I used both wine and chicken broth. I added the lemon to the sauce instead of drizzling it on after cooking, and I also added a tablespoon of capers to the sauce. This one will definitely become a repeat in my house. I love that is all done right on the stove top instead of having to use the oven as well like most recipes call for."

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 259220
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"wow- that was easy, quick and a hit with everyone. I will be making this one often. I did not bother to pound the chicken, just cause I don't like the mess- and it was delish anyway"

Shawn User ID: 8815323 259193
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"Really good and easy. A must make for any lemon lover!!"

flipperpie User ID: 7104866 256908
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"This a very nice recipe. Very tasty, easy to prepare. Made homemade noodles with black truffle butter. Yum. Definitely a keeper."

SundanceGirl User ID: 7228365 255222
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"This chicken was excellent. I didn't pound breasts but simmered for 17 minutes. Perfect! Served it with Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms recipe from Pinterest. Great combo."

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 253903
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"easy, tasted good and looked fancy."

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 252821
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2016

"This was so easy to prepare and really tasted good and love that it was served with the pasta made it just perfect."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 251861
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"This was good, fairly simple and a nice change. The only complaint I had was pounding the chicken :)"

pschube User ID: 2658481 248181
Reviewed May. 13, 2016

"Very nice flavor!"

Lovepiggs User ID: 986676 248037
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"I made this tonight for my husband & me. We really liked it. It was very easy & delicious. I will make it again, I'm sure. My husband loves chicken Piccata in restaurants, but I have never tried to make it. This was really easy. I'm sure there are more complicated recipes out there, but this worked for us just fine. Oh, I did thicken the sauce a bit with a little flour because hubby loves "gravy"."

melita123 User ID: 479569 245573
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"Very easy to make and so delicious. I did not have ckn breasts, so I used ckn thighs and it turned out delicious. Thank you"

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 245549
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

"This was really good and quick and easy.I used white cooking wine and chicken broth.It took a little longer than the recipe said to cook but I think my chicken breasts were a little larger.The chicken was really moist I will definitely make again"

travel6188 User ID: 7806379 243996
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"I love this! I always add artichoke hearts as well."

Cook38 User ID: 1584232 223627
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"Delish! quick! easy! Would def make again!"

Wieners User ID: 1845812 134014
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"This was very good and simple to make. I added garlic and onion powder. Will definitely make again."

RosaPeters User ID: 6619672 95776
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"Oh so very delicious! Very easy to make and so quick! Definitly gonna make this again!"

manisteemom User ID: 2676409 206022
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"Delicious! Very tender! And so quick and easy!"

natnow101 User ID: 3820238 132783
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"Amazing! I make it all the time!"

natnow101 User ID: 3820238 140652
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"Very good! I didn't use 1/2 inch, but I think I would next time it didn't have enough flavor in the middle of the chicken. But it was good even 2 days later for left-overs!"

AKB62 User ID: 5577602 112627
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"Fast and delicious!"

anaJG User ID: 6119797 206021
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

"This was very delicious I loved the buttery and moist taste of the chicken I would make this again in a heart beat :)"

mariposa767 User ID: 1061551 112626
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"Other reviews were right! This was very easy to make and the chicken came out very tender and tasty!"

angelwings1020 User ID: 6488648 137648
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"This was delicious & so simple!! I got rave reviews from my husband as well!! Thank you, it will be added to our menu again!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 97489
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"This was delicious, fast and simple. Will definitely make again."

dragynmyrlin User ID: 1357585 61593
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"So easy to make. I tossed in some fresh mushrooms after I turned the chicken over and then some spinach right near the end. The mushrooms were wonderful (I hate mushrooms!) and the spinach had such a delicious flavor. Made some rice for a side dish and dinner was delicious."

rudylenak User ID: 3071215 146940
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2009 Edited Feb. 18, 2016

"It was delicious and will make it again"

Seminoles User ID: 1412865 112625
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2009 Edited Feb. 18, 2016

"This was great. So easy to prepare and the chicken comes out really tender and so flavorful."

mggfamily User ID: 4234830 206020
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2009 Edited Feb. 18, 2016

"My husband is from Argentina, and is a great cook. I rarely surprise him with a new recipe, but he LOVED this one! We will be making it easy!"

apinkerton User ID: 1208203 132781
Reviewed May. 13, 2009 Edited Feb. 18, 2016

"I used olive oil instead of butter and it came out great!"

bethherman User ID: 1033840 206019
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009 Edited Feb. 18, 2016

"Awesome flavor and easy to prepare. My family enjoyed it very much."

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 206018
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2008

"This recipe is soooo yummy! I shouldn't be cooking with butter, but the calorie and fat content was low enough, I went for it. Delicious!"

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